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TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2020 Vol. 132 | No. 17



‘Spring’ into new beginnings At the start of second semester at Illinois State, here’s what you missed over winter break


Cannabis’ demand at all-time high, 4 International enrollment increase, 5 Men’s, women’s basketball recaps, 8

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NEWS IN BRIEF Library dean finalist forums continue


he Office of Provost continues to hold open forums at 1 p.m. from Tuesday through Thursday in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. The forums will focus on the four finalists for the position of dean of Milner Library. The current interim dean is Shari Zeck. All forums are open to the campus community to attend and will last about an hour.  Meet and Greet sessions will follow each session from 3-4 p.m. in the sixth floor Southwest area of Milner Library.  Finalist Dallas Long will be the contender for Tuesday’s open forum. Long is currently the associate dean for Information Assets at Illinois State. Wednesday’s open forum will be for finalist Stephanie Walker. Walker is the Dean of Libraries at the University of North Dakota. Scott Walter will be the focus of Thursday’s open forum. Walter is the Illinois Wesleyan University Librarian and Copyright Officer. He is also the co-chief technology officer. Finalist Michele Reilly was scheduled for Monday’s open forum. Reilly currently serves as the associate dean of libraries at the University of Arkansas.


CNN, NPR political commentator Angela Rye to headline MLK cultural dinner


l l i n o i s State University will be featured as a prominent advocate in hosting a Martin Luther King many famous publications, such as The Washington Post. Jr. Cultural Dinner She is also a lawyer and featuring CNN political is a member of both the commentator and NPR American Bar Association political analyst Angela and the National Bar AsRye. sociation. The event will be Alongside that, Rye presented by University currently serves on Housing Services and the the boards of several ISU Student Chapter of minority-representing NAACP 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in institutions, such as the the Brown Ballroom of Angela Congressional Black the Bone Student Center. Rye Caucus Political Action Rye serves as CEO Committee and Congresof IMPACT Strategies, a political sional Black Caucus Institute, advocacy firm located in Washingamong others. ton, D.C. She is also known for her Tickets for the event are sold out. political commentary and analysis KELLIE FOY for NPR and CNN, along with being VIDETTE NEWS REPORTER

Winterfest to showcase student organizations The Dean of Students Office and Student Activities and Involvement will be hosting its annual Winter Fest from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Brown Ballroom. Similar to Festival ISU, the threehour event is held each spring semester in honor of those interested in getting involved on campus.  Winter Fest is also designated to help the student organizations recruit students for the spring semester.

Those looking to get involved are free to stop by with the expectation and hope of finding something that sparks their interest. Representatives from a variety of the current registered student organizations will be present to provide information about their RSO and how students can join.   Music and giveaways will also be present throughout the evening for those who are trying to discover campus life. Winter Fest is open to all students and is free of charge.

University Galleries presents ‘stellar’ exhibit University Galleries is teaming up with the Children’s Discovery Museum and ISU Planetarium for programming to present “An Infinite and Omnivorous Sky” on view until Feb. 19. All of the events included are free and open to the public. “An Infinite and Omnivorous Sky” is a group exhibition that includes 29 works by international artists.  The group exhibition focuses on the mysteries and militarization of outer space with the artists critically involved in poetic, scientific

and geopolitical perspectives of the cosmos. Included works stimulate dialogue about the necessity for proper scientific exploration, unrestrained artistic practices and illuminated political action.   Events include, but are not limited to, a curator-led tour of the exhibition with University Galleries’ Director and Chief Curator Kendra Paitz 6 p.m. Jan. 28, a screening of Kambui Olujimi’s “Skywriters” 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and an artmaking workshop led by University Galleries’ Curator of Education Tanya

Sociologist to speak on race, intersectionalism

Johnson’s second talk will be in Schroeder Hall 244. In this talk, “Moving Beyond Academic Borders: The Radical Potential of Sociologist Chelsea M.E. JohnIntersectional Feminist Children’s son will present two free talks on Literature,” Johnson will read race and literature at 11 a.m. and from and speak about the CLC 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in Edwards and Collective’s children’s book “InterSchroeder Halls. sectionAllies: We Make Johnson currently Room for All.” works as a user experiThe new book introence researcher at Linkeduces readers to the condIn. She makes up a third cept of intersectionality. of the CLC Collective, a Intersectional feminism group of women of color involves advocating for a dedicated to diversifying diverse underrepresentpublications. ed population, includThe first event will Chelsea M.E. ing people of color, the be held in Edwards Johnson lower class and those Hall 235. Titled “Global who identify as transMovements, Local Meangender. ings: Black Girls,” the talk will be Johnson attended the University centered around Johnson’s reof Southern California, where she search at a school in South Africa. earned her doctorate in sociolWhile conducting her research, ogy and a graduate certificate in Johnson gathered information gender studies. about white supremacist policies MAIA HUDDLESTON regarding the regulation of stuVIDETTE NEWS REPORTER dents’ natural hair.


IF YOU GO WHAT: An Infinite and Omnivorous Sky WHEN: From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Feb. 19 WHERE: 11 Uptown Circle SPECIAL NOTES: A variety of events are planned until Feb. 19. A list of events can be found online.


Scott noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 15.  Paitz has been the administrator for the series of events within the group exhibition. The public can also expect an exhibition catalog in summer 2020.





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Eliminating the idea of waste with terracycling Local program collects unlikely recyclables MAIA HUDDLESTON News Reporter | @maiawrites


hile Illinois State University students have access to basic recycling services, they may not be aware of the next step in reducing landfill waste: terracycling. According to ISU Director of Sustainability Elisabeth Reed, TerraCycle is an organization that accepts unconventional recyclables like chip bags and granola bar wrappers. “Depending on the products, these items are broken down and recycled into numerous ‘new’ products,” Reed said. ISU students can drop off accepted items at designated locations in Bloomington-Normal. In order to accept a particular product at a drop-off location, Reed said volunteers must open a “brigade” for the product by registering for the program through TerraCycle. Though many top-selling brands offer brigades, Reed said access is limited. “Unfortunately, the majority of the brigades for these popular products are not open, so we are unable to start a new brigade here at ISU,” Reed said. St. Luke Church and Common Ground Grocery in Bloomington accept donations anytime. Reed said ISU Office of Sustainability interns collected red solo cups for TerraCycle at football games last semester. “This semester, we are working to create various drop-off locations across campus for markers and highlighters as well,” Reed said. Students can learn more about terracycling by visiting the TerraCycling website, joining the Student Environmental Action Coalition on campus or following @ sustainisu on Facebook and Instagram. MAIA HUDDLESTON is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at mkhuddl@ilstu. edu. Follow her on Twitter at @maiawrites.

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Monday marked the first day back to class for the spring semester on the campus of Illinois State University. Students flood the Quad as they make their way to classes. A group of girls laugh and listen to music together as they head toward Schroeder Hall (above). Students cross the street near Milner Library and the Redbird Express bus is on campus heading down North School Street to pick up students at the nearby bus stop (left).

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Students with autism overcome social challenges JACK O’NEIL News Reporter | @JackONe39393244


wareness for the autism spectrum has become a larger topic in recent years, and it is a greater topic for students with autism at Illinois State University. Thirty-six students at ISU have self-declared they have autism spectrum disorder. These students may face social troubles as well as educational issues. Student Access and Accommodation Services Director Tammie Keney said there is a process to help students with autism who need it. “Students who are on the autism spectrum selfdeclare here and then we assist them. Once students self-declare to us, we then set up accommodations for them to meet their special needs,” Keney said. “Because the autism spectrum is such a wide range of abilities and assistance that students might need, it’s not always exactly the same as far as what accommodations might look like.” There is the possibility that students can adjust to these issues without help from the university or that the univerTammie sity is not as likely to fix the Keney social issues that come with this disorder. ISU senior Mike Hellman said that he’s had social issues with people not knowing his disorder and a few educational problems occasionally. “Transitioning to college was difficult but it was due to social issues, people don’t peg me as having autism right away and they’re usually a little surprised,” Hellman said. “The most difficult thing for me in classes has been studying for tests and initiating studying while the easiest has been in classes that have been hands

on as opposed to lectured classes.” There is enough information on the autism spectrum for ISU to lend a helping hand to the students who need it. Keney said that they have several methods of accommodations for ISU students with special needs. “Our most common accommodations are extended time and a distraction-reduced environment and then sometimes students need notetaking,” Keney said. “Some students may ask for housing accommodations because they don’t want to live with a roommate or they want to live in a particular area so they can be closer to classes.” Sometimes, these methods are not needed. ISU professor Julian Westerhout said that autism has been rarely, if ever, a pressing concern for him in his time here. “My experience with students on the autism spectrum is fairly limited. I’ve only had a couple who have identified themselves over the Submitted by Mike Hellman years — in those cases I followed the recommendations Mike Hellman is a senior at Illinois State University. He is one of 36 students with autism at ISU. of the Student Access and Accommodations Office,” Julian Westerhout said. they need help is around social environments and Westerhout Students with autism are we try to help them get engaged on campus.” not the only students who need accommodations, Autism spectrum disorder can be a very complex another example is students with ADHD. Keney obstacle for some students to navigate through but said that her coworkers are able to help with all there are ways that one can do it. sorts of disorders and get students engaged with While it is true that the disorder may never go groups at ISU. away, it is also true that it will not stop one from “Our employees are very well trained to treat getting a degree and living a good life. all students who have multiple types of disorders. Students who are on the spectrum get treated like JACK O’NEIL is a News Reporter for The any other student on our campus that might self- Vidette. He can be contacted at @Jackdeclare,” Keney said. ONe39393244. Follow him on Twitter at @ “Where we might give additional assistance if JackONe39393244.





Legal cannabis’ success at an all-time high


here was no hesitation to think that the legalization of marijuana in Illinois would rake in millions of dollars for state dispensaries. In fact, according to CNN and ABC7 Chicago, $11 million in total revenue from cannabis sales scattered the state as Illinoisans continue to utilize the now-legal methods of purchasing marijuana. However, that luxury has not yet graced the residents of BloomingtonNormal. Enter The Green Solution, a strictly medicinal dispensary, is now looking to offer a recreational product in the near future. As for now, the dispensary requires a medical cannabis card in order to purchase any of its products. Luckily for weed users in the local area, recreational use is slated to become a norm stemming from a planned Jan. 23 zoning board of appeals meeting. The Green Solution hopes to be approved of its initial permit request, according to Normal City

Manager Pam Reece. While cannabis is in “high” demand in Bloomington-Normal — with reportedly over 170 people lining up at the store on Jan. 1 (per WGLT) — it seems as though it is in high demand elsewhere. Illinois’ passage to legalize marijuana is a huge step forward in the right direction as far as creating another way to increase the state’s economic value. As more towns look to capitalize on the new law, the recreational use of cannabis is hoped to drive up Illinois’ suffer-

ing economy. Although with new and safe methods of purchasing, there still are restrictions set on the amount a person can have at once. Those 21 and up can possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in public. You can’t transport cannabis unless it is in closed packaging that is out of reach of the driver and other occupants of the vehicle. You cannot use marijuana in any hospital, school or child-care facility property.

To the average person, these restrictions are a dream come true if you are a regular cannabis user. The law is safe, easy to follow, yet still uncharted in how the law affects potential employees of companies. According to the Hartford Courant, the law was amended in December to correspond concerns from employers and the rights they have with employees who use. “In Illinois, employers are allowed to fire workers who bring cannabis to the office, show up impaired or fail random drug tests. Companies are also able to reject job applicants who don’t pass drug screens,” Hartford Courant staff writer Lisa Schencker said. There’s still plenty of give and take in the first two weeks of legalization. But when looking at the success of state economies such as Colorado and California, recreational sales still provide light at the end of the tunnel for Illinois. Although it is now legal, remember to use responsibly in any situation from here on out.

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Where there’s a new year, there’s a new me MY VIEW GRACE BARBIC | News Editor


t has only been a few days and I’m already questioning how much of a fresh start 2020 is going to be for me. I’ve looked forward to this year for a long time and for many reasons. Now that it is finally here and the magic of the holidays has passed, it just feels like each day is blending together. Smash Mouth said it best — the years really do start coming and they don’t stop coming. At this point, I’m just going through the motions hoping that I will get by with minimal effort. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that it gets dark out at 5 p.m. or if it’s because the idea of entering the real world in a few short months is con-

tinually weighing on my brain, but I have lost all motivation and energy to wake up and be productive. Carpe diem is only possible after about three cups of coffee. Even then, the house needs to be on fire and my final alarm of about 7 a.m. needs to be blaring in my ear for me to even think about getting out of bed. It never fails that at the start of each new year the local gym will be swarming with warm bodies eager to lose that extra “winter weight” they put on from a few too many cookies over the holidays. Facebook is flooded with inspirational quotes about becoming the best version of yourself in 2020. “I swear I’m going to leave the toxic people in 2019,” we all tell ourselves as we obsess over each other’s every move through social media. I envy the people who are able to put ideas on pen and paper and follow through with putting them into action. Yes, New Year’s resolutions are weird. But I say who cares? If someone needs a new year to

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finally make an effort toward a better life for themselves, they should go for it. Honestly, who doesn’t reflect on their past year and think about how they can be better in the next? I say you’re weird if you don’t. I’ve done a little self-reflecting the past few weeks as I prepared for the dreaded return to school. More bittersweet than anything considering I am starting my last semester as an undergraduate student. Nonetheless, I have been contemplating how I can truly leave my mark at a school that has given me all the necessary tools to pursue a career that many won’t actually make it in. If you’re still reading this, this is the part where I am going to list out my resolutions. So, bear with me. As it currently resides under the “do it never” section of my daily to-do list, getting a job is obviously one of my biggest goals to accomplish this year. And that is kind of hard to do when I have literally no idea what path I want to take for my career as I’m straddling print and broadcast.

Many of my goals go well beyond the basic desire for a lifestyle change. While I realize that it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to stop eating out so much, (whether for my bank account’s sake or my health, that is unclear) in this new year I strive to be a yes-man. Or yes-woman in my case. By that I don’t mean that I am going to just agree with everything that is said to me nor do I anticipate finding myself on crazy adventures like Jim Carrey as Carl Allen, although I wouldn’t be opposed. Being a yes-woman to me means that I am not going to limit myself to the confines of my own emotion. So much of my time is spent overthinking and worrying about the consequences of my decisions. This might sound crazy, but this will be the year that I decide to be a little selfish. I have let many years of my life be controlled by this idea that I need to please everyone, leaving myself in the dark. I’m ready for my next adventure and I think a simple “yes” will lead me there.

As far as my vision for the next year of The Vidette, the future is looking very bright. We have an amazing staff that works tirelessly to produce content all while learning the ropes of the industry and balancing school, work and life as a college kid. It’s pretty impressive if you ask me. During my last semester at The Vidette, I hope to be a leader to my peers by sharing my knowledge and experience while learning from each of them through the process. Of course, earning a few awards wouldn’t be too shabby. But at the end of the day, the most important thing to me is that we as the student voice of Illinois State University can learn from our past mistakes and tell honest, quality stories while making a few memories of our own along the way. GRACE BARBIC is the News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow her on Twitter at @gracebarbic.



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INTO the future

ISU looks to increasing international student population to 10 percent in 10 years KELLIE FOY News Reporter | @kellie_foy

administration and the INTO program is to increase the international population at ISU by 10 percent over nce fall 2017 rolled the course of the next 10 years.  around, Illinois State “The more our brand is built University’s 384 internaaround the world, the more tional students represented less growth we will see. This process than 2 percent of the overall unialso includes supporting our curversity population. rent international students. Their As of today, the international retention and success is our most student population has increased important goal. If they have a great to 2.7 percent of the campus popuexperience here, they are the best lation with 558 enrolled.  spokesperson to tell their friends A large portion of this perand family about Illinois State,” Carcentage increase came from the roll said.  implementation of the INTO proThe plan going forward within gram in fall 2018.  his goal includes continuing to The INTO program at ISU is one introduce ISU around the world of the many joint ventures conto different worldwide markets. nected with the INTO University This approach will include a slow Partnerships. growth with an appropriate increase This joint venture between the to build up to the goal of 10 percent. two allows for 69 countries to be Dietz’s goal of this increase in represented at ISU and for ISU international population would to recruit more international stubring ISU at a similar international dents on campus.  enrollment as other peer instituThe INTO University Parttions across Illinois and the country. nerships includes a worldwide “Certainly, there has been internetwork of educational counselnational students here for a long ors who work to advertise ISU and time. The critical mass of internaother recruitment capabilities to tional students has been smaller Courtesy of INTO Illinois State Instagram than most of the other institutions, potential students.  “The INTO-Illinois State Univer- International students joining Illinois State University in the spring semester met for orientation over the weekend. Ilso we certainly want to get up to linois State is looking to increase international student enrollment by 10 percent in 10 years. sity joint venture brings additional speed and do our part with that as recruitment capabilities, language well,” Dietz said. success.  that are put into place for international stusupport and academic services for For Carroll and Dietz, influencing BY THE “A lot of my friends in Israel don’t dents, especially at ISU.  our international students. more international students to come to campus NUMBERS even consider coming to the college “I’m very happy to be submerged into this would provide these students with the support Through bringing more internasystem despite being good athletes or environment, and again, build my life stone they need and enrichen the domestic student’s tional students to Illinois State’s 69 countries campus, domestic students’ edu- represented by the coming to a university because they by stone. I think it’s a huge educational experience. say ‘I just can’t do that. I’m going privilege that I’m here. I’m cational experience is enriched INTO program Their plan with this enrichment would to miss my family and the food,’” from a small city in Israel by engaging with international come from the engagement with the interna10 percent inWinner said. and the sports allowed me cultures and perspectives in the tional cultures, perspectives and diversity in crease in interWhile Winner had to balance to be here because I don’t classroom,” Director of Internathe classroom. national student everything a regular college student come from a rich family. tional Admissions Kayla Carroll The hope is that the increase will also lead enrollment in 10 has to deal with and the transition Being here and to experisaid.  to additional growth and expansions alongyears from Israel to the United States, his ence all of that is a huge ISU’s portion of the joint venside the current support system in place. background of travel has been a large privilege for me and I’m ture has also resulted in additional 558 current Dietz believes that the university will remain Eddie help as well. very thankful,” Winner language support and academic international optimistic and open minded with helping interWinner His time, support system and suc- said.  services for the current percent- students, totaling national students transition to campus. And although the large age of international students. From international floors in some of the 2.7 percent of the cess at ISU has brought him a positive The INTO program and sup- student population experience and a chance to open his increase within one year was a beneficial factor resident halls and helping these students eyes and grasp onto every opportu- for ISU, International Admissions and admin- find housing to getting them involved in coport lies in Fell Hall and provides nity he can to explore his interests.  istration is looking to utilize this program curricular activities and registered student classes in Academic English (ESL) “For me, everything is temporary. to expand ISU’s diversity even farther than organizations, there is already a positive and Pathways programs.  The Pathways programs currently offer them To come here for a couple of years and then go before. impression from the international dimensions Both groups want every international stu- of ISU. these opportunities through the first year of back, it doesn’t really matter where you are. If their studies while they work toward earning you do what you love, you can be whatever [you dent at ISU to have similar experiences and “I think [these students] tend to be advenwant],” Winner said.  opportunities in life as Winner. With this goal turous people or they wouldn’t have traveled credits for their degree. To him, being able to come to the United and the programs in place, they are optimis- halfway across the world to pursue their These programs go on to help them make the States for college and have the experience has tic about the goals they are currently working education here. It’s a matter of if we have transitions they need before they continue onto helped him expand his mindset and grow. toward.  their degree program full time.   organizations that they feel obliged or feel This comes with the help of the programs ISU President Larry Dietz’s main goal for welcomed to. If we don’t have one that they International student and sophomore Eddie Winner’s transition was one that benwould like to have, it’s easy to form a new stuefited from the support and opportunities he’s dent organization themselves,” Dietz said. “I think [these students] tend to be adventurous people or received during his time at ISU.  they wouldn’t have traveled halfway across the world to Although Winner started his college studKELLIE FOY is a News Reporter for The ies at Manhattan College in New York, the Vidette. She can be contacted at vidette_kapursue their education here.” strong combination of academics and sports Follow her on Twitter at @ Larry Dietz, ISU president in the United States has brought him all of his kellie_foy.


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New year, new you

Smart steps to a successful semester HAILEY BIALAS Features Reporter | @haileybialas


tarting a new semester, especially after ample down time, is always a bit stressful. Most students go from relaxation to anxiety-filled school weeks quickly and that change can be a lot to handle. Here are some twists, tips and tricks to help every student transition into a successful start to the semester.

Buy a planner Having a written plan can help make everything feel less stressful. Seeing things all laid out, according to due date and day, not only makes things look less intimidating but also can keep people organized.

Utilize that calendar

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The first week of classes can be a busy and stressful time for students. However, during this time it is still important to focus on your health by taking time for yourself and working out. Illinois State University’s Rec Center offers a variety of fitness classes every day.

How to find time for yourself during a new semester KACEY NICHOLS Reporter | @KaceyLee1997

With the new year and new start to school, a lot of goals are being made that can impact sleep, mental health and physical health. Here are some tips that can help students take a step back from the craziness of college, life and work to focus on their goals for 2020.

Planner, calendar and notes Having a planner or calendar can help one stay on track. Even if the planner has very few notes, it can help keep the things that need to be done all in one place. Once something is complete, one can check it off and move on to the next task. A planner or calendar can easily be tracked down at a local Walmart, Target or Dollar store. If one has an old notebook, creating a planner can do the trick and can help as a creative outlet. Decorating can be easy to do with some guidelines that can be found by going online. Planners aren’t really the trick? Using sticky notes or small pieces of paper can also be beneficial; even writing the tasks on the notes app can be helpful as well.

Schedule free time for yourself

Taking time for oneself is a great way to fuel up from past stress. Senior special education LBS Holly Camp says that she wants to start taking more time for herself, whether that’s going to dinner alone or going to the movies. “I think there’s so much pressure to always be surrounded by other people and that there’s a self-consciousness that comes up around being alone in public,” Camp said. “Sometimes it needs to be enough to do those things alone and enjoy a move or a meal without the added energy or stress of being social.”

Schedule free time for your friends When the dishes in the apartment sink are overflowing or too much time is spent in the Watterson Dining Hall and the daily lunch schedule is known by memory, it’s time to head out to grab a bite to eat with some friends. Playing video games with friends, watching television shows, going shopping or even having a spa hour can really help one fuel up for the next upcoming week.

Plan something to look forward to This could be heading back home for the weekend or setting a goal that can be accom-

plished with time. Senior theater design production major Jessica Madden said that planning something fun for the future helps keep her motivated through the semester. “I want to start working more with photography, but haven’t started yet. I think over the course of the semester, I’ll work to do it more,” Madden said.

Exercise The campus Rec Center has yoga classes and meditation classes. These classes are focused around finding your center and can truly help one relax. Senior sociology major Joseph Kennedy teaches yoga and meditation at the campus Rec. Kennedy has classes 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 1 p.m. Fridays. Kennedy said that he is very interested in how people choose to find time to control their everyday peace and purpose in such a busy and chaotic world. “Anxiety, depression and a general sense of unease and restlessness seems to permeate our society,” Kennedy said. “Yoga and meditation have helped provide a solid foundation to return to at any point I feel cortisol rising in my body.”

New Year’s resolutions, are they overrated? KACEY NICHOLS Reporter | @KaceyLee1997


linding glitter on Dec. 31 turns into blood, sweat and tears on Jan. 1 as individuals kick off their New Year’s resolutions. A New Year’s resolution is a tradition most Americans take part in. This tradition fuels individuals to start a new healthy habit, or break a bad one. Whether one is pursuing a healthier lifestyle by going to the gym, eating more fruits and vegetables or going to bed early, the new year gives a new start to those searching for a more authentic self. Senior music education major Evan Gallermo said that this can cause stress on individuals with high expectations. Meaning, if one breaks a goal, it’s easy to give up since they broke their resolution so soon. This won’t stop Gallermo from trying his hardest to accomplish his goals. “I’m not perfect. I’ll break most of my resolutions by next week, but I’ve got goals to be better in 2020 and if I screw up, then I’ll keep pushing on tomorrow until I am better,” Gallermo said. Gallermo went on to say that he didn’t make new goals specifically because of the new year, but goals he wishes to continue throughout this

year and years to come. Common goals with this new year are weight loss, gaining muscle and spending time in the gym. Time Magazine mentions in an article that 11% of gym memberships are bought in January. Is this coincidental? Not looking to bulk up? The gym isn’t the only common goal that Americans have. CBS42 posted an article with a poll taking into account more than 250,000 Americans and what their 2020 New Year’s resolution goals are. Some of those goals were being a better Kacey Nichols | Staff Photographer version of themselves, staying positive, A new year can bring a sense of a new beginning, and with trying new foods and upgrading their that comes resolutions. However, it can be difficult to technology. keep up with them throughout the year. Does all of the talk about New Year’s Gallermo went on to say that he personally resolutions have a positive impact on believes that it is important for people to want people? Or could it potentially be a negative facto better themselves; regardless of what goal a tor when some break their goals? person has. “If someone wants to make steps towards Though the new year has passed, it is never self-improvement, then resolutions are a decent too late to pick up a goal. Whether that goal is tool for getting it done,” Gallermo said. “If small or large, daily or monthly, easy or hard, bethat’s the framework for someone to look in ing encouraged to be successful can set the tone and reflect on themselves, then all the power to for the future. them.”

Most syllabi have a calendar at the end laying out each assignment, so compile those together to make one concise syllabus for all classes. Say goodbye to forgetting when assignments are due.

Print out a class schedule Nobody wants to walk into the wrong class on the first day. To make this chance of embarrassment less daunting, the day before class print out the provided schedule. Students can even screenshot their schedules and set it as their screensaver to get them ready for the first day.

Stick to a routine People are known to continue a routine after roughly a month of sticking to it. Look over those schedules and set up a personal routine to make sure this semester will allow for good grades, a good GPA and fun all at once.

Have a good attitude If a student goes into school with a bad attitude, then the results of that negativity are sure to follow. Just because last semester was rough does not mean this semester has to be as defeating. Change your student life accordingly and improve to make the semester as amazing as it can be.

Don’t get caught up in the thought of a ‘Syllabus Week’ “Not all classes are going to give you an easy week the first week after a long break,” Illinois State University senior Kayla Tepper said. “Fun with friends is exactly that, fun, but it does not mean you should compromise your grades this early. There is more time in a semester to have fun than just the first week.”

Take it one step at a time The semester is months long for a reason so there is no reason to prematurely stress. There is no reason to stress about a midterm in the beginning of a semester. Take everything day by day and remember that the only thing that matters in the end is that you are okay. HAILEY BIALAS is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow her on Twitter at @haileybialas.



Illinois State University men’s basketball guard Zach Copeland drives to the basket against Truman State. Ali Rasper | Photo Editor

Pay for Play?

Talks increasing among Illinois universities as student-athletes look to get paid JAKE FOGAL Sports Editor | @jfogal5


ith the collegiate athletics world buzzing over the past several months about the recent propositions for student athletes to be paid by the NCAA, talks have progressed over that span of time in many states including Illinois. With the likely possibility of athletes being paid on the horizon throughout the next decade, Illinois State University will be one of those schools affected by the possible change. After California passed a law that would grant athletes to profit for endorsements, many could only wonder how long it would take for other states to follow in its footsteps. Illinois jumped in on the bill soon after California announced that it was passed through its legislation. The process of paying athletes is still in an early phase, and many necessary actions need to be taken before the dust settles on studentathletes being paid. The Student Athlete Endorsement Act recently took to Springfield, where lawmakers decided to veto the bill for the time being. While the bill was set off to the side for now, the discussion is far from over as the topic is expected to headline the meeting that is set for a date in spring 2020.

ISU’s reaction to the bill One of those in favor of vetoing the bill was Illinois State University’s Director of Athletics Larry Lyons, who commented on the reaction by many universities in Illinois on the disagreement with the paying of student athletes. “As a group, the athletic directors got together to oppose the bill,” Lyons said. “Let the NCAA, which we are all members of, try and solve this problem. I don’t think it is best solved individually in the states because they may write different legislation. So, let us get together and develop fair rules that are impactful for the student-athletes that can be a national answer, opposed

to individual states.” okay to speak on the mattween power five schools compared While the bill is curter, many declined the to mid-majors. rently off the books in opportunity to comment. “I think the change would even Illinois, that doesn’t Men’s basketball coach further the gap between programs stop the ever-aggressive Dan Muller was the lone at different levels,” Muller said. “I’m talks by the NCAA coach at ISU to share his talking about not only schools, but about the expected and thoughts on the matter. metropolitan areas who have a much eventual day where Muller was quick to the better chance to impact their studentathletes will be paid for point saying, “I am against athletes financially in other areas.” their name, image and it (Student Athlete EndorseWith the possibility for players likeness. ment Act); I like the current to make money by law, the laws can “The NCAA is movmodel. I think that it prodiffer between the NCAA and Illiing forward with its duces a great product.” nois. The fine line must be drawn to working groups in each Muller continued, listing avoid a grey area that many athletes of the three divisions, that as he matured and can fall victim to. Divisions I, II and III became more experienced “It’s going to cause a lot of issues; to develop name, image that his viewpoint changed I think it adds a lot of headaches and likeness to develop for a lot of people. Especially, once Ali Rasper | Photo Editor compared to his time as a some recommendaMen’s basketball head coach Dan Muller on the sideline at player for the ISU Redbirds the rules are made it’s going to fall Redbird Arena. tions on how to move back from 1994 to 1998. on the schools and the compliance forward,” Lyons said. “I can tell you right now office, and a lot of it is to make sure even maybe the National AssociaThese working groups will be hard tion of Intercollegiate Athletics. It’s when I was a player, I thought we these kids are doing it by the book,” at work finding the solutions many should have been paid a whole Williams said. all going to depend on what those schools are worried about. This bill bunch of money. I’m guessing every With the discussions of the bill rules are, how they come into effect is widely garnered toward the power college-aged student athlete is for just recently ramping up, there are and who’s paying for what. Once all five schools, with several exceptions this. I’m older and more experienced plenty of problems and issues that those things get figured out, then to other outlying universities. and I have different opinions on a lot must be figured out before the bill we will probably start moving into of things in life just like you will 20 is implicated. some plans.” Conference facts and figures years from now,” Muller said. “There will be discussions through Head coach Muller’s thoughts The five conferences that are A key that Muller seemed grateful the spring in the working groups expected to receive the most from for looking back on his time as a stu- and there will be information shared A number of individuals have the passing of the bill are the Big dent-athlete, and he exclaimed how with the Board of Governors. The their opinions on the matter as it Ten Conference, Atlantic Coast important it is for student-athletes goal is to have feedback and things surrounds ISU, from fans of the uniConference (ACC), Big 12 Conferto enjoy their college experiences. ready for the legislative cycle, which versity and authority figures within ence, Pac-12 Conference, and the Truly caring for his players, Mull- the next one is 2021,” Lyons said. the university’s athletics department. Southeastern Conference (SEC). er has been consistently pushing for The future is bright for the The shortage of comments, however, A main concern for a school like student-athletes to receive benefits NCAA, but also very uncertain for came from the head coaches and ISU is that it is considered a midsuch as cost of attendance, more all involved as the transition of payplayers from many of the teams that major school where the financial food and a healthy environment, ing college athletes seems to be on participate for ISU. capability will be limited compared but Muller is content with what has the horizon. Understandably, players were to those teams involved in one of ineligible to comment on the matter been given to athletes nowadays. the five conferences listed above. “I think now they are well taken JAKE FOGAL is a Sports Editor for due to the extenuating circumAssistant Athletic Director Mike care of,” Muller said. The Vidette. 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Men’s basketball MVC outlook

REDBIRD RE PORT ISU football finishes as No. 7 in final FCS poll The Illinois State University football team took home the seventh ranking in the latest, and final, STATS FCS Poll of the season. The Redbirds moved up from 13 in the previous poll. After winning their eighth National Championship, the North Dakota State Bison finish the year as No. 1. Other Missouri Valley Football Conference teams found themselves in the top 25. The University of Northern Iowa ranked fifth while South Dakota State ranked 10th.

Robinson and Kirk to play in Shriners Bowl

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Freshman Antonio Reeves (12) watching his shot, while Jaycee Hillsman (25) and Rey Idowu (13) look on from the bench. Reeves and the Redbirds sputtered to open Missouri Valley Conference play with a record of 1-3.

Redbirds look to settle in after rough non-conference slate JAKE SERMERSHEIM Sports Editor | @JakeSermersheim


fter sputtering through non-conference play with a record of 5-7, the Redbirds opened Missouri Valley Conference play with the mindset that it was a new season. The Redbirds opened MVC play against the University of Northern Iowa, winning 76-70 on Dec. 31. But that new mentality did not last long as the ’Birds slipped back into their sloppy play from the non-conference season dropping three straight games.

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Freshman DJ Horne leads the ’Birds averaging 12.8 points a game in MVC play. Horne has been one of the few ’Birds with consistent play. Horne opened conference play posting 22 points against UNI. Horne also posted 11 against Southern, zero against MSU and rebounded for 18 points against the Sycamores. Senior Jaycee Hillsman has come on recently through conference play. Ranking third on the ’Birds with 10.8 points per game in conference thus far.

Coming into the season, most expected returning starter senior Zach Copeland to be a leader for a young team. Copeland had stepped into this role earlier in the season, but a lack of discipline has led Copeland to head coach Dan Muller’s dog house. Copeland did not start against the Sycamores after starting the second half on the bench against the Bears. Against Indiana State, Copeland once again struggled, shooting 3-10 in the loss. So far into MVC play, Copeland has struggled to keep the ball as he leads the team with 17 turnovers. Copeland has had some upside as he is second on the ’Birds wtih 12 points per game, but has irritated Muller as he cited Copeland’s play as “playing on his own.”

MVC recap After the strong opening win against UNI, the ’Birds slipped against the Southern Illinois-Carbondale Salukis on Jan. 4, falling 67-55 in a game that saw the ’Birds struggle in nearly every aspect. Returning home against Missouri State on Jan. 7, the ’Birds had a chance to take down the Bears, but undisciplined play led to the Bears handing ISU a 67-63 loss. Road struggles continiued for the ’Birds. Traveling to Terre Haute, Indiana, to take on the Indiana State Sycamores. Despite playing solid defense, the ’Birds fell 65-52 in one of their worst offensive showings of the season. The loss marked the fifth straight road loss.


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Keith Fisher III (5) going for a layup but blocked by Missouri State’s Ja’monta Black (4).

The MVC has not shaken out how many expected it to. Preseason No. 1 MSU currently sits at seventh. Bradley remains in their preseason ranking of second. UNI sits in first despite losing to the ’Birds after being named third in the preason poll. The ’Birds sit in ninth off their seventh place projection.

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he Redbirds opened the season with a pair of wins at home before hitting the road and losing to Bradley. Through three games of Missouri Valley Conference play, the Redbirds have a trio of players averaging double-digit scoring. Lexi Wallen leads the ’Birds with 17 points. TeTe Maggett follows with 15 and Juliunn Redmond with 14.3.

Jan. 3 vs Indiana State Once again the combination of seniors Maggett and Wallen led the way for Illinois State University as the duo combined for 53 of the team’s 83 points. “These two are just outstanding,” head coach Kristen Gillespie said. “When you have two of the premier players in the league, no matter what’s happening on the defensive end you’re going to be in the game.”

Maggett posted a game-high 27 points, adding seven rebounds, seven assists and a steal. Wallen matched her career-high 26 points to go along with eight rebounds on the night. Redshirt freshman Mary Crompton also added 13 points. The sharpshooter finished the game making three of seven shots from beyond the three-point arc.

Jan. 10 at Bradley The Bradley Braves (12-2, 3-0 MVC) defeated the Illinois State Redbirds (10-4, 2-1 MVC) 76-61 on



points per game from Lexi Wallen lead the Redbirds this season. Through three games in Missouri Valley Conference play Wallen has averaged 17 points.

MVC SCORES Indiana St. 65, Illinois St. 52 Loyola 78, Evansville 44 Northern Iowa 80. Missouri St. 57 Valparaiso 66, Drake 61 Bradley 67, Southern Illinois 48


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Northern Iowa Bradley Loyola Drake Indiana St. Valparaiso Missouri St. Southern Illinois Illinois St. Evansville

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14-2 12-5 11-6 12-5 9-6 9-8 8-9 8-9 6-10 9-8

UPCOMING Men’s basketball ISU plays two games this week. First game is 7 p.m. Thursday against Drake in Des Moines, Iowa. Then the ’Birds return home to take on Loyola 3 p.m. Sunday.

Jan. 5 vs Evansville Every active ISU player scored in this game. Junior guard Redmond led both teams with 15 points on six of 12 shooting, including 11 rebounds and making both of her three-point attempts. Redmond led ISU in rebounds, although Evansville’s freshman guard Abby Feit led the contest with 14 total rebounds. The Redbirds won the total rebound battle 54-37.

Seniors running back James Robinson and safety Luther Kirk were selected to play in the annual East vs. West Shriners Bowl. Kirk and Robinson are the fifth and sixth Redbirds selected. The bowl gives players a chance to showcase themselves in front of over 300 NFL coaches, scouts and agents.

Women’s basketball Mara Best | Photographer

TeTe Maggett (11) driving to the basket against Lindenwood earlier this year.

ISU travels to Valparaiso for a 6 p.m. matchup on Friday then travels to Loyola for a 1 p.m. showing on Sunday.

Men’s tennis Friday in Peoria. Bradley’s sophomore guard Lasha Petree led the game with 24 points on nine of 18 shooting to go with six blocks. Senior forward Chelsea Brackmann scored 22 points on nine of 14 shooting. For ISU, Redmond had another productive performance off the

bench. She scored 20 points on seven of 12 shooting and made three of her four three-point attempts. “JuJu played really well,” Gillespie said, “She stepped up and embraced the moment tonight. We need to get better, and everyone needs to get better on both sides of the ball.”

ISU has a pair of meets. First at Northwestern on Wednesday then traveling to Wisconsin for an 11 a.m. match on Saturday. Compiled by Jake Sermersheim Vidette Sports

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